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Claiming Others Are the Crazy Fundamentalists - Darrell - 08-12-2011

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No matter how far to the right a group of fundamentalists may be, they will invariably be able to find a group even further off the map than they are to point to as the 'real crazy' fundamentalists. Whether it be dress codes, music standards, or theological vagaries, there's always someone else who's so much nuttier that by comparison even strict fundies look downright moderate.

Question a fundy about their rantings against Harry Potter books and they'll point you to folks who don't read anything but Christian fiction. They in turn will point you to a group who only allow their children to read approved biographies of missionaries. And even they will no doubt be able to dredge up some remaining Abecedarians to prove that by comparison allowing reading at all proves that one is reasonable and normal.

Compared to all that, just cutting out Harry Potter seems downright ecumenical. In the land of the full-bore crazies the only slightly unusual man is king.


RE: Claiming Others Are the Crazy Fundamentalists - aisforazebra - 10-07-2011

Oh gosh. This is my parents. They are considerably more liberal than when I was a kid - for instance, my younger siblings are allowed to watch tv shows where the characters occasionally say "gosh," and go to movies, and listen to contemporary music. Stuff like that.

However, it's all external. The fundy attitude is still there. The self-righteousness, the claim that everyone else is a heathen (my mother said not long ago that the Lutherans at the church next door "don't even know what it means to be saved"), the incessant gossip, etc. They're the worst kind of fundies - the kind that think they aren't fundies, and pride themselves on being so modern and un-legalistic. I prefer regular fundies, tbh.



RE: Claiming Others Are the Crazy Fundamentalists - Jenn - 10-08-2011

At BJU I recall hearing about the things you couldn't do at Hyles. Everyone believes there's the liberals, and the legalists, but we are just right, right in the middle.


RE: Claiming Others Are the Crazy Fundamentalists - Tiarali - 10-08-2011

So sick of this argument. They excuse everything they do because they've got to be alright, they're not like X church over there. But it doesn't matter if you're as bad as them, what matters is are you doing right? And they're not.


RE: Claiming Others Are the Crazy Fundamentalists - Chuck Travels - 10-27-2011

(10-08-2011, 12:22 PM)Jenn Wrote: At BJU I recall hearing about the things you couldn't do at Hyles. Everyone believes there's the liberals, and the legalists, but we are just right, right in the middle.

I remember that being said when I was at BJU, only Hyles was replaced with Pensacola. Undecided


RE: Claiming Others Are the Crazy Fundamentalists - Bob M - 04-10-2012

Its no different in the evangelical world. Our Pastor doesn't do it from the pulpit because his sermons are online and people all over the world download his sermons. (He is fairly well known). But in classes and seminars I have heard Greg Boyd's church demonized as liberal, and others named as fundys.